Tapas, Jazz & Children’s Bookshops – The Best Bits of Chapel Allerton

· Andrew Porter-Emery · Culture

All the places you need to go in one of the city’s best suburbs.

De Baga Chapel Allerton

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The ever popular Chapel Allerton is one of the most varied and interesting suburbs in Leeds. Tick off all the best bits.

Just beyond the city centre, Chapel Allerton manages to feel like a completely different place from the rest of Leeds. This stylish suburb has green space, brill boozers, a range of excellent restaurants and superb shopping to boot. Jump on the bus – the 2 and 7A will whisk you there from Leeds city centre – and make the most of a day out working your way through this list.

De Baga

De Baga Chapel Allerton

Home of what is arguably the best Goan cuisine in the city, De Baga’s second restaurant – after their Headingley one proved a hit – has a menu that reads like a dream. The only difficulty is narrowing down the options. Salmon tikka? Konkan chilli prawns? The trademark Khargosh Chacuti, an intense Goan curry with rabbit? It’s knockout flavours all the way. Sides are brilliant, and a caramelised garlic and bacon naan proves they don’t do things by numbers.

De Baga, 8b Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.

The Little Bookshop

The Little Bookshop

Not just petite in terms of size, The Little Bookshop caters to the littlest of people too. It’s a treasure trove of children’s books, although it has added an adults section too. They’ve got all the classics, but lots of books you won’t have heard of as well. There are picture books for kids all the way up to young adult fiction, and lots of events to book in for. Readings and book signings are held regularly, as are story times for children.

The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.

Caspar’s Bottle Shop

Caspar's Bottle Shop

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The king of craft beer in Chapel Allerton, Caspar’s Bottle Shop is a great little indie to nip into for a can or five of the good stuff. They’re constantly updating their stock, so you can find the latest brews from a global array of craft breweries, and there’s plenty of local beer on the shelves too. You can stay in for a beer and a chat, and they’ve just started to add meet the brewer events to their calendar too. Beer heroes, that’s what they are.

Caspar’s Bottle Shop, 65 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3LW.

Chirpy

Chirpy gifts, skin care

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A combination of gift shop and workshop, Chirpy is the place to go for design-led presents as well as some true one-offs. Cards and candles, diaries and planters, they’ve got it all, but it’s the workshop events that really set it apart. You can book in for everything from arm knitting to kids rainbow weaving, coaster making to Christmas decorations. You can even book it out for creative parties, ideal for birthdays, led by skilled makers.

Chirpy, 148 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.

Pinche Pinche

Pinche Pinche

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One of the standout Mexican restaurants in Leeds, Pinche Pinche has a mouthwatering menu that never misses. Sit among a vibrant, Mexican-themed decor and munch on al pastor pork quesadillas, chicken wings in a spicy tamarind and chipotle salsa and freshly-made guacamole. Burritos and tacos are generously stuffed to overflowing, meaning it might be hard to leave a little room for churros with chocolate or the wondrous tres leches cake.

Pinche Pinche, 116 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY.

Rasoi Stories

Rasoi Stories

Based inside a converted police station, Rasoi Stories might not be home to the old bill any more, but you’ll want to run up a bill at this delicious Indian eatery. They’ve got all the curry house classics, but the menu is also studded with lots of treats that smack of authenticity. Monkfish Malabar is fragrant with tamarind, mustard seed and coconut milk, biryanis are amazingly aromatic and there’s a very good range of vegetarian and vegan options.

Rasoi Stories, The Old Police Station, 106a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LZ.

Wayward Wines

Wayward Wines

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One of the city’s finest wine shops, Wayward is from the people who also run The Reliance and, like that stalwart, it stocks an eclectic range of bottles, particularly strong on orange and natural wines. Pop in to pick up a bottle, stock up for the next few weekends or spend a little while trying one of the wines by the glass they have open in their petite, charming store. It’s a far cry from mass-produced big-brand wines, and all the better for it.

Wayward Wines, 1c Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE.

Oakwood Vintage

Oakwood Vintage

In the market for some vintage furniture? This is the place to go. Oakwood Vintage has an ever-changing range of mid-century classics, curious discoveries and those things that you didn’t know you wanted until you saw it in their shop. It’s all curated, with everything from lamp stands to Danish dining sets, bookcases to bureaus. The hottest pieces get snapped up very quickly, so it pays to pop back frequently.

Oakwood Vintage, 45 Gledhow Park Avenue, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4JL.

Further North

Further North

With its wide window carved into a building of Yorkshire stone, Further North looks like a house that has thrown itself open to the neighbourhood, albeit with a brilliant bar inside. It’s a North Brewing Co outpost, so you can look forward to their excellent beers, along with a host of guest craft ales with a focus on respected indies and local brewers. There’s a dog and family-friendly vibe, and once the convivial ground floor bar fills up, you can spill upstairs.

Further North, 194 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.

George & Joseph Cheesemongers

George & Joseph

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True cheese experts, George & Joseph’s shop is a homage to fromage, with a selection that will have you oohing and aahing. From ripe Baron Bigod Brie to unpasteurised Stichelton, they have the good stuff, along with all the crackers and condiments you could possibly want. Beyond that, they sell hand-picked wine, beer and spirits, and can sort out celebration and wedding cheese for you. They also run tastings and run a school for all things cheesy!

George and Joseph, 140 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.

House of Koko

House of Koko, Chapel Allerton

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House of Koko are masters of brunch. This bright, airy space is the perfect canvas for masterpieces of late brekkie/early lunch, whether you’re meeting a mate for a catch-up or nursing a hangover. Get a stack of American-style pancakes topped with sweet delights, or wake your tastebuds up with merguez sausage on toasted sourdough with Aleppo butter, sumac salsa verde, fried egg and courgette. The takes on eggs Benedict are all winners too.

House of Koko, 62 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LA.

Sukhothai

Sukhothai

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There are a few Sukhothai restaurants dotted around Leeds, but this is the original. It still has glamour to burn inside, with water trickling, ravishing flowers and buddha statues, but it’s on the menu where this place really shines. The curries and pad Thai hit all the right spots, but the adventurous diner is also rewarded. Pla Hamuang Himmaparn sees pieces of sea bass fillet stir-fried with pineapple, pepper and cashew nuts – delicate and delicious.

Sukhothai, 8 Regent Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE.

Alley Cats

Alley Cats Cafe Bar and Music Emporium

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Live music, a dart board, quizzes, vintage posters and comfort food – Alley Cats is the ideal neighbourhood hangout, both unpretentious and oh-so-welcoming. And that’s before you’ve even clocked the secondhand vinyl you can play, the stack of board games or the retro games consoles. Hungry? Pig out on piggy fries, brunch, toasties or popcorn chicken to accompany your drinks specials. The crowning glory? You can take along your pooch too.

Alley Cats, 38 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LA.

Seven Arts

Seven Arts

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This independent arts space in Chapel Allerton has a restless and creative spirit, with a diverse calendar of events taking place from Wednesday through to Sunday. Seven Arts may have world music on one night, local bands the next and then a tribute to the music of Cilla Black on the third. There are regular quiz, poetry and comedy nights, resident artists and a cafe bar where you can tuck into cakes, pastries and pizza while sipping on coffee or a local ale.

Seven Arts, 31a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.

The Mustard Pot

The Mustard Pot

Handsome, almost country-like on the outside, The Mustard Pot is a pub that’s equally cosy within. During winter, the open fire casts flickering shadows over the exposed brick, while in summer you can grab a bench in the extensive beer garden. Ales are on rotation, while there are classic lagers and bitters on tap, along with wines, spirits and a rollicking gin selection. Pub grub is comforting, from pies to burgers by way of crisp fish and chips.

The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.

Aagrah

Aagrah

This popular Indian restaurant has been packing them in for ages. The menu doesn’t differ much from their other outposts, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There’s a buffet every day, offering three courses for £17.95 each, or opt for the a la carte which combines classics with surprises. The likes of jalfrezi and tikka masala are all here, but have you tried Machli Sardaryab? Yup, that’s a fillet of Yorkshire trout marinated with turmeric, carom seeds and cardamom.

Aagrah, 33-39 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.

La Princesse

La Princesse Moroccan food

Going strong for over 20 years, La Princesse is a Moroccan restaurant much loved by locals. Settle in for a table groaning with North African treats, weaving in French influence along the way. The tagine is exemplary, whether combining lamb with apricot and prunes, or a cod tagine with chermoula sauce. There’s loads for both carnivores and vegetarians, plus a who’s who of classic Moroccan starters such as springy falafel and spiced goat’s cheese in filo.

La Princesse, 49 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.

Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op

Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op

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As the name suggests, this company was born in Edinburgh, but has been selling bikes and everything you need to ride them to the denizens of Chapel Allerton for a while now. It’s a cornucopia of all things two-wheeled, with the latest models of bike for both adults and children, amateur and pro. They’ve got e-bikes, mountain, road and hybrid models, and their expert staff can advise on what’s best for you. They run safety checks on everything they sell too.

Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op, 140 Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4QG.

Crust & Crumb

Crust and Crumb - Brunch Stack

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This comforting cafe wraps you in a warm hug of homemade treats and locally-sourced produce. The stellar sausage rolls, brownies and chocolate orange tiffin are all made in-house, while bread is from Otley’s Bondgate Bakery and meat comes from Lishmans of Ilkley. The coffee is barista quality, the full English the stuff of local legend, and you can get treats wrapped up to take away too. If you fancy something heartier, they have a seasonal menu of main courses.

Crust & Crumb, 110b Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY.

Gledhow Valley Woods

Gledhow Valley Woods

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You’ll find Gledhow Valley Woods on the eastern side of Chapel Allerton, a route of ancient woods that skirts Gledhow Beck. It’s the perfect place for a stroll or a dog walk, and there are blankets of seasonal flowers, from bluebells through to poppies. Look out for local wildlife, with around 115 different species of birds to spot, plus almost 200 types of plants. There are bins, but no other facilities, so they ask you to take back what you bring with you.

Gledhow Valley Woods, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8.

The Woods

The Woods

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If you cut The Woods, it bleeds independent brilliance. Lots of outdoor seating, regular DJs and live performances, wood-fired pizza and eclectic drinks are just the beginning. Grab a seat by the roaring fire and scoff a spiced lamb, keema and spinach pizza, one highlight of a hugely tempting array. There are also imaginative sandwiches and salads, a vegan platter, small plates and even a wagyu beef burger. Heck, they’ve even got daytime work spaces.

The Woods, Stainbeck Corner, 5 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PG.

Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen

Black Sheep Tap

Black Sheep’s arrival in Chapel Allerton was an instant hit, bringing their range of beers over from Masham. But that’s not all. They’ve also hit on the genius of working with local suppliers such as George & Joseph for cheese and Lishman’s butchers for charcuterie. So now you can sup on a perfectly pulled pint while working your way through a meat or cheese board (or a combo of the two) along with grilled cheese sandwiches, pizzas and more.

Black Sheep Tap & Kitchen, 16/18 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.

El Bareto

El Bareto

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When it comes to neighbourhood tapas restaurants, El Bareto is among the finest. In fact, it might just be on the best in the whole of Leeds. The glowing lights and festooned plants invite you in, the authentic dishes with a few rarely seen treats keep you there. Patatas bravas you expect, but how about the Canary Islands specialty of potatoes with spicy Mojo Picon sauce? The addictive chorizo croquetas will be in your dreams forevermore.

El Bareto, 120 Gledhow Valley Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6LX.